Today, June 23, 2016, the Supreme Court announced that they could not come to a decision on the legality of President Obama’s executive actions that would have given deportation relief and work permits to undocumented parents of citizen children and students who came to the United States as children after 2007 but before 2010. The 8 judges deadlocked in a tie, 4 in favor and 4 against. Unable to make a decision, the lower court decision to suspend the programs remains in effect.
We are very disappointed with the Supreme Court and its inability to come to a decision in favor of the undocumented community in the United States. We are also disappointed in the government and politicians for their anti-immigrant attitudes and their refusal to fix our broken immigration system.
Immigration policy should not be based on fear and intolerance, but rather on the fulfillment of people’s basic human rights and recognizing the dignity of all people. The lack of a comprehensive immigration reform is extremely frustrating and the migrant community is tired of hearing the same rejection time and time again. Congress needs to stop focusing on petty politics and focus on creating a genuine comprehensive solution.
For CATA, a path to citizenship is the solution for the over 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. We will continue fighting for the rights of migrants so that they receive the recognition that they deserve for their contributions to the well-being of this country.